The topic of robots has been around for decades, and it has been present not only in scientific circles, but it has also been explored in popular culture, like movies and literature, and even cartoons. Scientists have been working on creating robots for many years now, and the robot enthusiasts among us are still waiting for the day they start selling them in shops for home use. That day still seems intangible, but no doubt science has made some significant progress and actually created robots that are pretty impressive. They may not be very intelligent yet, or crafty enough to be able to repair your watch, for example (thanks Patrick), but they still have some functions you’ll find pretty useful. We’ll introduce you to the more interesting ones and promise you’ll be blown away.
- Meet Sophia. She’s a humanoid robot that’s capable of holding a simple conversation and is able to display around 40 different facial expressions. Sophia uses artificial intelligence, visual data processing, voice, and facial recognition, and she can imitate human gestures. She was developed by a Hong Kong-based company called Hanson Robotics and launched in February 2016, and their aim was to create a robot to be a suitable companion for the elderly at nursing homes.
- Aeolus is the dream robot for everyone who detests household chores, aka everyone. This robot is designed to be able to autonomously help around the house with various chores. It is a truly multitalented robot – it can use the vacuum cleaner, mop the floors, and stack the shelves. It is equipped with sensory technologies to be able to differentiate between all the family members, as well as objects in the home. It also has built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Home so that you can talk to it.
- And then there’s Pepper, another humanoid-like robot. Pepper is special in that he can sense basic human emotions and can exhibit his own feelings. He is designed to be able to interact with humans through his touchscreen where you can choose the language you want to interact in – there are 15. Pepper was manufactured in Japan by SoftBank Robotics and launched in June, 2014. He is placed as an assistant in offices, banks, airports, and restaurants around the world with the purpose of helping customers.
These robots are only a fraction of what scientists are vigorously working on, but we have to say we are truly impressed. What do you think, what’s next? Are we living in the future yet?